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Advanced Practice Nursing in the Primary Care of the Infant, Child, and Adolescent

This course provides nurse practitioner students with the knowledge necessary for the practice of primary health care of children. Course content includes the principles of health promotion, disease prevention and assessment, diagnosis, and management of common primary health care problems in diverse pediatric populations. Using a family-centered and developmental perspective, related advanced pathophysiology, advanced pharmacology, psychosocial factors, and ethical considerations are explored. Students are required to complete 168 clinical hours in a pediatric primary care setting. With the guidance of a clinical preceptor students learn how to identify, diagnose, and manage common primary health care problems. They also gain confidence in clinical experience in a primary healthcare setting that provides opportunities to assess, diagnose, and manage acute and chronic illnesses commonly found in infants, children and adolescents.